With the completion of Marvel’s ‘first phase’ comes the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division’s (S.H.I.E.L.D.) very own ‘spy-fi’ series that exposes Marvel’s ideology of how superheroes would actually be viewed in our ‘normal’ lives.
Following the events of Avengers Assemble, the much loved Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) from several of Marvel’s films returns with a new ensemble of agents, consisting of the hot-headed yet loyal Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) and Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), the cold veteran agent with a haunting past. With the help of bumbling S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and the rebellious ‘civilian’ hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet), the team are tasked in tackling alien phenomena and organizations globally.
The series largely focuses on the criminal organization ‘The Centipede Group’, who are researching into creating their own super-powered soldiers (inspired by Captain America) and its multiple operators, such as the Clairvoyant and the ‘Girl In The Flower Dress’.
It must be mentioned that Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. does not require watching all the Marvel films created recently, however there are several connections that make the narrative easier to follow if one is already aware of what has happened. One such example is guest appearances such as Samuel L. Jackson (as Nick Fury) and Cobie Smulders (as Maria Hill).
If you want to delve deeper into Marvel’s cinematic universe, or desire an action-packed spy drama with a difference, then Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is perfect. Moreover, it would be valid to posit that future releases from Marvel will most likely reference back to the series, thereby giving motivation to any possible future viewers of Marvel films to watch them now.